Creating lines for characters to speak, especially characters far removed from the writer’s own personality, beliefs and situation, is both a liberating and challenging key part of drama and prose fiction writing.
You can engage in conversations, deliver opinions and create speeches that you would never express in reality, but what writing techniques do you use to ensure that what your characters say is convincing and compelling? What opportunities are gained by being free of any authorial voice? How do you ensure you control the intended message to the reader or audience when you are speaking through a character driven by their own motives and inner life?
This intensive creative writing day school offers a range of activities: critical analysis of extracts, planning and writing dialogue-driven short scenes for script and prose fiction, etc. to explore the key skills and techniques used by scriptwriters and novelists to create dialogue in different genres. We will look not just at what characters say but at the motives and subtext that must
drive and focus every line they speak; and at the dynamics that develop between characters placed into a scene or situation in a plot.
The day will be a mix of taught input, solo and small group writing and devising activities; (optional) sharing and discussion. We will analyse and discuss passages of effective dialogue from contemporary screen and stage productions, and from novels that rely on what characters say to deliver their story.
Please note: this event will close to enrolments at 23:59 UTC on 14 February 2024.